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If you were to ask where is Vanier Park in Vancouver, you would probably get a wrong answer. With over 240 parks in the city, it's quite understandable. On the other hand, if you were to mention the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks at the... Read more

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Tourism Richmond

In the fall of 1981, I moved to Steveston, British Columbia, sight unseen. My prior knowledge of this village was based on the fishing industry, or more specifically, good fish and chips, but my historical insight quickly expanded. Steveston, at... Read more

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In Las Vegas, Nevada, known as The Entertainment Capital of the World, ‘The Strip' is famous for its lavish hotels, opulent casinos, colourful neon lights and world-class entertainment. What most visitors do not realize is that The Strip, or Las... Read more

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One of the most famous highways in the world is Route 66 — also called ‘The Mother Road.' More than just asphalt and paint, this highway is an American cultural icon. Although the highway was decommissioned in 1985, Route 66 lives on in books... Read more

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The performing arts in Tucson, Arizona, is fortunate to have a number of excellent theatres, but it is the Gaslight Theatre that has a unique approach to draw an audience. Gaslight is known for its parodies, melodramas and musical comedies over... Read more

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Tourism Prince George

When researching the history of the City of Prince George, Ben Ginter's name quickly pops up. Ginter was a local businessman who initially made his fortune in construction, then became famous when he founded the Pacific Western Brewing Company... Read more

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What do the Harlem Globetrotters and Playboy Bunnies have in common? A strange question, but the answer is that both have visited the largely unknown Mescal Movie Set. Southwestern Arizona, known as ‘cowboy country', is immortalized by the Old... Read more

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Anthropology is the study of human societies, their culture, and evolutional development. The University of British Columbia in Vancouver is fortunate to house one of the world's finest exhibits of Northwest Coast First Nations art. Overlooking... Read more

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The American Southwest is known as ‘ranching country'. With wide-open ranges, the Sonoran Desert is ideal for raising cattle, horseback riding and escaping the city. There are ten guest ranches near Tucson that project the feelings of the Old West... Read more

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One of the major tourist attractions in Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The name Capilano is derived from Kia'palano, who was Chief of the ‘people of the Kiap' on the North Shore. In 1881, George Grant MacKay bought the land... Read more

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On May 28, 1808, Simon Fraser and 23 men left Fort George [Prince George] in four canoes and paddled south for 837 km (520 mi) on what Fraser thought was the Columbia River.  Despite warnings from the First Nations people that the river was... Read more

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Dennis Begin

Area 51 is part of American folklore, described as either a top-secret military site or a curious fascination with conspiracy and paranormal theories. Regardless, Area 51 has long been the subject of documentaries, science magazines, local Las... Read more

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The American Southwest is cowboy country.  The image of a cowboy or cowgirl is universal, be it at the Calgary Stampede or the La Fiesta de los Vaqueros or rodeo in Tucson. When Americans conjure up images of cowboys, it is not the modern rancher... Read more

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When living in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland, there are times when it feels necessary to escape the city. There are numerous places to escape to, from hiking the North Shore Mountains to camping at Cultus Lake in the Fraser Valley... Read more

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The Colossal Cave or ‘The Bandits' Hideout' is one of those historical legends that does not seem to fade away. The cave is approximately 35 km (22 mi) east of Tucson, Arizona, close to the small town of Vail. The cave was first used by the... Read more

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Many snowbirds make their way across the Mojave Desert without giving it much thought and dismissing the desert as a flat, desolate wasteland. In reality, even though the desert appears to be a lonely landscape with is much more than it appears... Read more

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When thinking of Arizona, the Grand Canyon, saguaro cacti and howling coyotes, generally come to mind. Most travelers don’t think about the snow, downhill skiing and alpine forest that are also part of Arizona’s repertoire. Although Arizona is... Read more

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Almost everyone loves food, regardless of its ethnicity. Cuisine from around the world often defines who they are as a country. For example, pasta is associated with Italy, bratwurst with Germany, fish and chips with England and maple syrup,... Read more

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The Saguaro Cactus or ‘carnegiea gigantea' is synonymous with Arizona and the bloom is the state flower. According to folklore, the local Tohono O'odham Native American people consider the cactus to be a spiritual member of their tribe because ... Read more

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